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SDUK Geological Map of England & Wales

SKU: 9615

SDUK Geological Map of England & Wales

Date of publication:

Place of publication:


  • Charles Knight
  • Colour:


  • SDUK
  • Engraver(s):
    John & Charles Walker

    This map of England and Wales was prepared (‘arranged’) by noted geologist Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, shortly after he had first identified the Silurian System; it was drawn by SP Woodward and coloured by Thomas Malby. First published in 1843, our example is revised to 1847.

    The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    The SDUK was founded in 1826 with the high-minded aim of making 'useful' information available to self-taught members of the working and lower middle classes. Some of the material was decidedly abstruse, subscribers fell away and the Society was wound up in 1848; however, the series of 209 maps published over a 14 year period from 1829 onwards were highly praised for their superior quality, accuracy and aesthetic appeal and remain an outstanding achievement.

    Condition & Materials 

    Steel engraving, 38.3 x 32 cm, engraved by John and Charles Walker, original hand colour, numbered in an old hand, blank verso.